Donation and fee policy for private sessions with John

Background: I offer one-on-one sessions, and this is one way I make my living.  At the same time  I am a Zen teacher, and traditionally spiritual teaching (Dharma) is not paid for, but rather offered freely, with a simple request for donations, known as dana, (or generosity). Some of my private sessions are explicitly Dharma-related, and that work is offered strictly on a donation basis.  (See my page on Dharma study).

Most of my private sessions, however, are not explicitly Dharma-focused, but center on your desire for healing and guidance in a non-religious and non-sectarian context.  My approach tries to balance the “dharmic” approach of asking for donations, with the need to make a living. 

What I ask for: 

I offer my private sessions on a sliding scale basis.  My basic rate is $108 (for a regular 60–70 min session), and my sliding scale ranges widely, from $35 to $200, depending on your financial situation and length of session.  (Sessions range from 30 min to 2 hours, depending on the type of work.)  I ask for a meaningful offering, which you can afford. No one is turned down for lack of money.

For long-term counseling, and individual training programs, we work out an arrangement that feels good to both of us.  I do accept barter occasionally.  Please inquire if you have more questions. I seek a positive win / win relationship with all of of my clients.

(Note: I also always offer free 20 min phone or video sessions. Also for interested individuals I offer initial introductory in-person sessions for a reduced fee of only $25.

blessings,  John Genyo Sprague